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Hostage killed in Nigeria. A feeling of humiliation and anger in Rome

(BRUSSELS2) Humiliation, anger, these words come up often in the Italian press this morning after the death of an Italian hostage in Nigeria following a combined operation by British and Nigerian forces. Apparently, Rome was unaware of the UK's decision to intervene by force to free the hostages. And Mario Monti, the Prime Minister, was informed by Cameron of the death of one of his citizens. This casualness is judged harshly on the peninsula. “An unacceptable humiliation. Apologies are not enough,” explains Corriere della Sera: “ The United Kingdom is still nostalgic for its imperial glory, which leads it to undertake its military actions in isolation, driven by a feeling of superiority. The British responsibilities are obvious: the management of the mission, its failure, the lack of communication with Italy. » On the British side, we try to remain fair. Rome was warned of the operation from the start and did not object, William Hague explained in Copenhagen. Slightly different version on the Italian side. The Italian government had not been informed of London's decision to undertake such a major operation and Monti was informed by an apologetic phone call from Cameron. Apologies are not enough, we need an explanation... we respond at the Quirinal, after a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for the Security of the Republic. For President Giorgio Napolitano, “ it is necessary to have a clarification on politics and diplomacy ».

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).